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Artese N Toad – Railroad Songs & History Celebration

March 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

In 2001 the Philadelphia-based acoustic guitar duo Artese N Toad wrote a Railroad-themed song called “Daddy’s Old Train Box”, which sparked the writing of a whole CD’s worth of trains songs. Due to the global success of that CD, titled “They Don’t Write Songs About Trains Anymore”, more Railroad-songs were written, recorded and published in 2005, incl. the song “Altoona“, which is a biographic Railroad-homage to our Blair County hometown’s Railroad-history. It starts like this: In 1849, they came to build a town, to service the railroad they called the PRR The Pennsylvania Railroad made this town its home, in the Allegheny foothills Altoona had been born. In 1854, they built the Horseshoe Curve, and finished the tunnels at Gallitzin It opened the door to the biggest railroad in the world, and Altoona was the standard that no other line could fill. Artese N Toad’s first RR-CD had even started off with a song that mentions our Historic Horseshoe Curve several times, a song called “Ghost on the Track”. This expansive, rich repertoire of Railroad songs is almost unique from one group, but that duo is coming to the ArtsAltoona Sanctuary on 3/26 ! Artese N Toad, a Philadelphia area song-writing duo formed by Perry Artese and Tom Dimeo in the early 1980s has been writing and performing music for 40 years. Besides Perry and Tom’s 5 albums and other song-releases as Artese N Toad, they also wrote many songs (lyrics) for other performers, first & foremost over almost 30 years for famed Dave Appell, starting with his 1950s Swing/Jazz band Applejacks. Dave Appell also produced Chubby Checker’s legendary hit-song “The Twist”, and co-wrote Checker’s follow-up hit “Let’s Twist Again” with Kal Mann. March 26 lineup of Live-Music & Railroad History Celebration @ ArtsAltoona Center: 6pm: Don Osborn (guitar) & Bill Hunter (bass) will open the Concert. 7pm: Artese N Toad (Perry Artese & Tom Dimeo) Ca. 8pm: Intermission with a cappella group Altoona Horse Chorus, . . . performing ”I’ve been Working on the Railroad”. Art-exhibits will Railroad paintings, photography, plus items from the Collection of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. There will also be exhibits by local Model Train groups. Tickets are $10 – at the door on March 26 – during business hours at ArtsAltoona Center on 6th Ave – through Online purchase @ CentralPATickets.com (Link) – plus $2.20 processing fees



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